When Jim and I got a new couch this past Christmas, we had a mutual agreement that Saigon would not be allowed up on it. This was easier than it sounds because Saigon is pretty much scared of anything, especially anything new. And not allowing him up on the couch from the beginning set a precedent, and this was much easier than trying to break the habit months down the road.
But then one morning, I came down the stairs and was greeted by this:
|See how the pillows are all down? That used to be enough to deter him from going on the couch.|
He was so unfazed by being caught in action that he made no effort to get off the couch, (thus allowing me the time to get out my phone to take a picture).
Six months of Saigon staying off the couch and all of a sudden he decides it is the spot he wants to sleep! Clearly, the pillows weren't doing the trick anymore.
So, then we resorted to doing this before we left him in the house alone:
|Big, scary, books!|
Did this work? Oh, for a few days, yes. But, then today, we came home to this:
|DVD's pushed out of the way and drool on the pillows.|
Seems Saigon is getting braver. Well then.
No more playing games, we'll hit him where it hurts:
|Saigon is severely scared of the swiffer.|
While I'd be pretty surprised if he tried to move the stool out of the way, I have a feeling we might come home to this one day: